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What do you get the Wookie who has everything? Yes, it’s that time of year again; time to figure out what to give those passionate geeks in your life for the holidays. Whether they believe in the jolly, white-bearded Santa, the white-bearded wisdom of Obi-Wan or believe that the rotund, white-bearded George R.R. Martin will actually finish The Winds of Winter, the film, comics, TV and gaming geeks in your life deserve to know you care. This year, Hey You Geeks is covering all levels of geekdom with a 2013 gift guide which includes something for everyone.
Blu-rays and DVD’s
Always a good place to start is with the new Blu-ray and DVD collections conveniently released around this time each year. This year’s big movies like Man Of Steel or Pacific Rim make obviously great choices on Blu-ray, but here are four of 2013’s newest collections offering more unique, »
- Tony Nunes
More than fifteen years after its release, Katsuhiro Otomo’s adaptation of his own magna Akira has rightfully taken its place as a 20th Century classic, a fantastical and hypnotic flight of imagination serving both as a two hour journey of escapism and as a portal into the then booming world of anime based storytelling. By bridging the gap between Japanese spiritualism inspired thematic imagery and plotting familiar to a Western audience – as well as the unmistakable style of animation – it introduced a niche genre to a huge new market across the world, paving the way for universal success enjoyed by the likes of Hayao Miyazaki and the late Osamu Dezaki. Already a cult success abroad, Otomo made anime a globetrotting dynasty. Finding the reason for Akira’s resonance with all manner of audiences is not particularly difficult, since it is the zenith of great narrative-meets-dreamlike philosophical reality bending. However, »
- Scott Patterson
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the Japanese animated classic Akira, which is being celebrated in a big way by Funimation. Their 25th Anniversary Blu-ray release of the film just dropped yesterday, and we're happy to report that it includes the original English dubs, rather than the new dubs that have appeared on previous releases.
Read on for all the details about this must-own set!
Akira isn’t just a movie – it’s the genesis of a genre. Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk classic obliterated the boundaries of Japanese animation and forced the world to look into the future. Akira’s arrival shattered traditional thinking, creating space for movies like the The Matrix to be dreamed into brutal reality. Without Kaneda and Tetsuo, without espers and psionic assassins, without that badass motorcycle – our world would be a far less exciting place to exist. But the »
- John Squires
Akira (2013) 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Trailer - Click here for more free videos Extras include: Interview with the Japanese Director, Akira Sound Clip, Storyboard Collection, The Writing on the Wall, Original Japanese Trailers, Original Japanese Commercials, Restoring Akira, Glossary, U.S. Trailer (2013), and Trailers. There's also the original subtitled version, as well as all of the old and new English dubs. “Neo-Tokyo is about to E X P L O D E! Akira isn’t just a movie – it’s the genesis of a genre. Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk classic obliterated the boundaries of Japanese animation and forced the world to look into the future. Akira’s arrival shattered traditional thinking, creating space for movies like the The Matrix to be dreamed into brutal reality. Without Kaneda and Tetsuo, without espers and psionic assassins, without that badass motorcycle – our world would be a far less exciting place to exist. »
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week:
What's It About? In Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, "Man of Steel," the young Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) goes on a journey to discover his origin and to better understand his super-human powers. However, when the Kryptonian military leader, General Zod (Michael Shannon), threatens the fate of earth, Clark must face his past to save his planet.
Why We're In: "Man of Steel" is full of spectacular action sequences that will quench any superhero junkie or comic book fiend's appetite. However, Snyder's film was ranked as one of Moviefone's Best Movies of 2013 (So Far) primarily because it successfully rebooted the Superman story after previous failed attempts. It may be your typical Blockbuster fare, but it's undoubtedly a thrilling ride.
Watch: A special feature from the "Man of Steel" Blu-ray (Video)
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week:
- Erin Whitney
For those of you who aren't hip to the anime scene, Koji Morimoto is the director behind Akira and The Animatrix. Recently, he was commissioned by Lexus to do a conceptual short featuring one of their vehicles. Their final product? Kids driving a car through a bizarre future in which they get devoured by a panda, almost kidnapped, and peed on by a giant tree. That last part is only half true, but you'll know the scene I'm talking about when you see it. My one question after viewing this is how exactly does this convince anyone to buy a car?! For better or worse, this is "A Better Tomorrow."
- Mick Joest
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 24 Oct 2013 - 06:46
Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 1995...
The year covered in this week's underrated movie rundown was significant for a number of reasons. It was the year that saw the release of Toy Story - the groundbreaking movie that would cement Pixar's reputation as an animation studio, and set the tempo for CG family movies for the next 18 years and counting. It was the year that saw James Bond (played by Pierce Brosnan for the first time) emerge for GoldenEye after a six-year break. It was also the year of Michael Mann's Heat, Dogme 95, and the moment where Terry Gilliam scored a much-deserved hit with 12 Monkeys.
As ever, we're focusing on a few of the lesser-known films from this particular year, and we've had to think carefully about what's made the cut and what hasn't. »
Odd List Ryan Lambie 30 Aug 2013 - 06:41
It's not unusual for games to be cancelled before release, and some of them could have been great. Here's a pick of 25 promising examples...
Earlier this week, news emerged that Sega Studios Australia had pitched an idea to its parent company called Sega Reborn. These games would have revived some of Sega's classic names from the 80s and 90s - Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Streets Of Rage and Shinobi - and created new games around them, mixing tried-and-tested gameplay with high-res graphics and new ideas. The studio even put together a proof-of-concept video, which gave a rough idea of what a 21st century Golden Axe might look like.
For unknown reasons, Sega decided to pass on the idea, and Sega Studios Australia is set to close later this year - fittingly, perhaps, its last release will be a remake of Castle Of Illusion, »
Variety is reporting that Collet-Serra is in talks to return to "Akira." He left the Americanized version of "Akira" after Warner Bros. shut down pre-production in early 2012 to fix the movie's script.
According to Variety's report, WB loves Collet-Serra's vision for "Akira" so much that they opted to return to him instead of looking at other directors like "Catfish's" Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. Sources tell the site that Collet-Serra found a way to keep the "Akira" budget down to what Warner Bros. considers manageable this time around.
The Warner Bros. adaption of the Akira could begin production next year with Jaume Collet-Serra returning as director. Work on Akira shut down early last year due to a $90 million budget which did not sit well with Warner Bros. Although they liked the script, adjustments were deemed necessary to reduce the budget.
Meanwhile, Collet-Serra had to wait for his next project after his success with the Liam Neeson action picture Unknown, until his desire to get back in the director’s chair compelled him to leave and pursue other projects. As it turns out, his next film, Run All Night, sees him directing Neeson once again.
Akira will likely begin pre-production in spring 2014, according to Variety, after Collet-Serra wraps up Run All Night. At this stage there is no news on the size of the latest budget estimate or if rumoured cast members such as Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart will also return. »
- Jonathan James
A live-action U.S. movie adaptation of Akira – the touchstone Japanese comic book-turned animated feature created by Katsuhiro Otomo – is a project that has stalled, died, and been resurrected more times than a comic book superhero. The film has long been surrounded by controversy, with the principle objection raised by most fans being that the Hollywood-ization of the Asian source material is both ill-advised and culturally-insensitive; for Warner Bros., though, the big issue that keeps causing Akira to be put on hold (over and over) is the prospective budget.
When Akira sunk back into development limbo early last year, insiders at the time warned everyone that “It’s a very resilient ...
Click to continue reading ‘Akira’ Moving Forward Again; May Begin Filming in Spring 2014
- Sandy Schaefer
Early last year, Warner Bros. hit the stop button on the long-awaited American live-action remake of Akira, just as it was about to begin shooting. Word soon arose that they wanted to bring down the $90m. budget, as well as make some changes to the script.
Following director Jaume Collet-Serra’s exit of the project, we’ve heard very little about the long-in-development adaptation. But now Variety report that Collet-Serra is in talks to return to the director’s chair once more, and you have to believe that he’d only be doing so if he thought there was a good chance that Akira will actually be getting made this time.
But they were reportedly still in »
- Kenji Lloyd
Warner Bros is attempting to get its live action Akira remake back on track.
Jaume Collet-Serra has entered talks to return to the stalled project, reports Variety.
The Unknown director departed the project in early 2012 when Warner put the brakes on pre-production due to a budget that was rapidly spiralling out of control.
Against a backdrop of civil unrest, the government and military continue »
News Ryan Lambie 2 Aug 2013 - 06:58
Like a nagging summer cold, the proposed live-action remake of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira lingers on. The last time we heard of it, production on the movie shut down in 2012, after a four-year tug-of-war over who should star in it, what should happen in its story, and how much it should all cost.
When the project appeared to collapse entirely in 2012, and director Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, next year's Non-Stop) went on to other movies, we assumed that Akira was probably going to be shelved for good. Instead, it's reportedly back on again, with a story over on Variety stating that, although Warner has been casting its net around for other potential directors (including, bizarrely, Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the guys behind Paranormal Activity 3 »
Warner Bros.' attempts to produce a live action movie based on Katsuhiro Otomo's classic cyberpunk anime film Akira has been ongoing for many years now, but after departing the director's chair in early 2012 when production stalled, Jaume Collet-Serra is returning to the fold and plans to go into production on the movie as early as Spring 2014.
Set in a future city environment called New Manhattan, the sci-fi epic follows the leader of a bike gang who must save his best friend who has been experimented on by the government causing him to develop dangerous and destructive psychokinetic powers.
Warner Bros. bought the rights to the Japanese manga from publisher Kodansha in 2008 for a seven-figure deal but after years of development, they shut down pre-production on the movie in early 2012 to work on the script and get the budget down from its original $90 million range. At the same time, »
Jaume Collet-Serra is in discussions to return to the “Akira” directors chair, signing on to helm Warner Bros. adaptation of the popular anime pic. The helmer left in early 2012 after production stalled.
In early 2012, the studio shut down pre-production so that fixes could be made to the script, including tightening the budget from its original $90 million range. At the time, Collet-Serra was in such high demand coming off the recent success of the Liam Neeson action pic “Unknown,” that he decided to leave instead of waiting for the changes to be made so that he could pursue other projects. He eventually landed another Neeson pic, “Non Stop,” which bows next February.
The studio did begin looking at other directors recently, including “Catfish” helmers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, in hopes of finding someone who could deliver a film on a more smaller scale. But ultimately, the studio was still in love with Collet-Serra’s vision, »
- Justin Kroll
Warner Bros.' attempts to produce a live-action movie based on Katsuhiro Otomo's classic cyberpunk anime film Akira has been ongoing for many years now, but after departing the director's chair in early 2012 when production stalled, Jaume Collet-Serra is returning to the fold and plans to go into production on the movie as early as Spring 2014. Set in a future city environment called New Manhattan, the sci-fi epic follows the leader of a bike gang who must save his best friend, who has been experimented on by the government causing him to develop dangerous and destructive psychokinetic powers. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the Japanese manga from publisher Kodansha in 2008 for a seven-figure deal, but after years of development, they shut down pre-production on the movie in »
A total of 25 years after its release, legendary animated film Akira remains as beautiful and relevant as ever. With promises (or perhaps threats) of a live action remake always on the horizon but never quite managing to emerge, Digital Spy looks back at the original landmark movie as it returns to UK cinemas today (July 13).
Akira was adapted in 1988 from the earlier volumes of Katsuhiro Otomo's then-ongoing manga series of the same name. The film is set in 2019's Neo Tokyo, a futuristic metropolis built on the ruins of the old city, which was destroyed by a mysterious incident decades earlier. Set against a backdrop of civil unrest, a group of delinquent bikers are drawn into a plot that encompasses secret rebellions, military coups, powerful psychics and, at the heart of it all, the mysterious being 'Akira'.
The movie is known for its high budget and unusual attention to detail, »
By Matt Hawkins
Gonzo game maker Goichi Suda, who often goes by the nickname Suda51, is presumably putting the finishing touches on Killer Is Dead at this very moment. It’s due August 27. So what next?
According to Siliconera, referring to rumors published in unspecified Japanese game magazines, Suda's next game will be published by Namco Bandai; a 2D side-scroller called Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day.
Short Piece is comprised of four short films, each directed by a different person, with Otomo being one of them. This is similar to Memories, which was the same deal, and also included Otomo, except there were only three stories in that one.
Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day is apparently the fifth tale, told in the form of a video game. Is Suda directing? »
- MTV Video Games
The cult 1988 anime taught western film-makers new ideas in storytelling, and helped cartoons grow up
Internet lore has it that Steven Spielberg and George Lucas turned down the chance to pick up the rights to the exalted 1988 anime Akira, believing it to be unmarketable in America. Twenty years later, something had changed: Spielberg and DreamWorks were in production on a live-action remake of Ghost in the Shell, perhaps the next-biggest crossover anime title, with the beard buttering it up in the press as "one of my favourite stories". But he missed the chance to be there at the beginning for artist-director Katsuhiro Otomo's earlier masterpiece – 25 this year – when its enervating hyper-realism left retina burn in the eyes of action fans and film-makers worldwide.
Akira swiftly became midnight-movie fodder in the Us, on a small release through Streamline Entertainment. Its dynamism and attention to detail – honed by Otomo in the »
- Phil Hoad
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